5 weird tricks to use breast milk that will change your infant’s life

June 1st is World Milk Day. Especially since milk and motherhood go so hand-in-hand, it is important to understand that breast milk is the tastiest, cleanest and best way to nourish your newborn. Mother’s milk contains immunologic agents and other compounds that act against viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Babies that are exclusively breast fed until they are 6 months old tend to be stronger and have lesser chances of growing up into obese adults.

Some experts say that breastfeeding releases a hormone in a woman's body that causes her uterus to return to its normal size and shape more quickly and reduces blood loss after delivery. In addition, breastfeeding for longer periods of time reduces the risks of breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

While feeding the mother is at once feeding, connecting, providing warmth and care, receiving a connection as sweet warmth pours out of her bonding her for life to this suckling infant.

Of course, we understand that this most basic of connections either didn’t or couldn’t happen with many mothers, and it’s sad and tragic. But that’s another story. This one is about the strange ways you can use breast milk to cure common ailments.

Point to be noted mi’lord. This has not been vetted by doctors and paediatricians, but passed on through the informal chains of communication that run through all our families. The great Indian grand-parents!

Here is a list of weird things that we have never heard breast milk being used for. But when we asked the mothers, they reposed all their faith in this age-old tradition of using mother’s milk as medicine.

Here is a list of ailments that were weird but popular.

1. Massaging the baby’s anus for when stools are irregular:

Infants often do not pass motions every day. While doctors say that it is a perfectly normal condition to have, daadi-mas believe otherwise. The trick, they say, is to take some breast milk and rub it gently around the anus to coax the bugger to poop!

2. Cracked nipples

When nipples become painful and hurt as the baby suckles, grannies recommend a nice massage with the very milk that it oozes with.

3. Stuffy Nose

Infants are wont to get a stuffy nose when they are first confronted with dust. Dais recommend pouring some warm breast milk into the nostrils and suck them out with the baby suction pump. Alternately, let a small trickle of the milk pass through the nostrils that will induce a giant sneeze. That is sure to clear-up the passage of air.

4. Eye infections

When children get eye infections, mothers often drop some warm breast milk into the eyes. Grannies say because children don’t have well developed eye ducts that will help clear out the rash, this divine bounty will do the job.

5. Diaper rash

Drop some milk on the red and angry skin, and watch the skin heal itself in a day! Now which cream in the market can qualify to be quicker acting than that?

Try them out and write-in to tell us your experience. We would love to hear from you!